GAP Commercialization Grant Program

The FSU Office of Commercialization is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 GAP Commercialization Grant competition.

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Location: Florida State University Foundation, Building B, Room 269
2010 Levy Avenue, Tallahassee
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Detailed information on the Spring 2017 GAP is included in the GAP Program Guide. If you are interested in participating please contact Beverlyn Samuels at 644-9318.

Important Dates

  • Pre-proposal submission (electronic): Friday, February 24, 2017
    • NOTE: The pre-proposal is a two-three page executive summary (use this form).  If accepted, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  • Approved pre-proposals announced: Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Final proposals due (hard copy AND electronic): Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Interactive review of PowerPoint presentations: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 and 3, 2017
  • Final presentations to GAP committee: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • GAP winners announced: Friday, June 9, 2017

Program Description

The FSURF GAP Program is designed to support enhancements of inventions or other original works that have been disclosed to FSU. It funds projects that FSU researchers and other interested parties agree will quickly improve the odds that current research results will lead to public availability of a new product or service.

The FSU Research Foundation has allocated up to $250,000 per year for at least four years to provide grants under this program.

GAP projects should reach completion in a year or less. Extensions will not be granted, unless significant justification for non-completion is approved. Funded tasks will be performed under the supervision of the proposing faculty member; but may include third party efforts within or outside the University. The grants will be funded to meet agreed project objectives. Grant funds may be used to pay students or post doctoral fellows, or to obtain materials, services and assistance outside the university; grants may not be used for student tuition or Principle Inventor(s) and faculty salaries. Overhead charges should not be included in project grant requests. Strong preference will be given to projects with regular internal checkpoints, external participation, and funding requirements below $50,000.

Proposal Preparation

The GAP process is a two-step process.  Interested parties will submit a pre-proposal to be reviewed by an outside committee.  If selected, you will be invited to submit a complete proposal. For more information about the application process and a representative example please see the GAP Program Guide.

Evaluation, Awards and Reports

Initial review and comments will be provided by the Office of Commercialization.

Competitive review and funding recommendations will be provided periodically by a committee which is chaired by an FSURF board member and includes FSU faculty, staff, and outside business members. Final approval will be made by the FSU Research Foundation Board of Directors.

Once funded, the faculty member and key personnel will report project progress and accomplishments at their scheduled checkpoints.

At completion, a brief Final Report will be provided within 30 days and a brief Annual Status Report will be required for 3 years to assist in evaluating the GAP program and determining its direct and indirect benefits to FSU, including new products, new companies, new services, and new related federal or other external grants.

Previous GAP Awards

Program Contact

Submit your pre-proposal (electronic copy) and
proposal (electronic AND hard copy) to
Beverlyn Samuels
Office of Commercialization
Florida State University
95 Chieftan Way, Dittmer Suite 312
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4391